Town Halls lead way on
fairer wages

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Local authorities are taking a prominent role in cutting pay gaps by promoting living wages and reining in chief executive salaries, research has revealed.

Campaign group One Society analysed pay policy statements from 173 of the 174 local authorities in England and Wales and submitted freedom of information requests.

It found more than 20 per cent of councils are committed to ensuring staff are paid a living wage. Some 12.5 per cent have taken steps to cut chief executive salaries, while more than 10 per cent also plan to enforce fixed ratios between the worst and best paid.

One Society director Duncan Exley said: “The Government needs to take steps to ensure that public sector pay policy reporting is more comprehensive and comparable if their objectives of accountability and fairness are to be achieved.